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How the Grizzlies cover?
It has been reported that Memphis has allowed opponents to shoot only 51% on 2-point attempts compared to the Memphis Grizzlies, who are ranked as the top field goal percentage allowed in the league. It is the Grizzlies that lead the league in turnovers, creating more than 15 per game, and they also lead the league in blocked shots and steals. As a team, Memphis ranks third in terms of the NBA's defensive rating, allowing only 1.1 points per possession on average for the season.
There is no team in the league that creates more points in the paint than the Memphis Grizzlies, and the team captures well over 30% of offensive rebound opportunities, while also producing more than 16 second-chance points on an average per game. In addition to averaging more than 17 fast break points per game, the Grizzlies also have a 14 percent turnover rate and shoot more than 25 free throws per game, all while having a 16 percent field goal percentage. There are also excellent records for the Grizzlies in terms of points allowed in the paint and they are also very friendly on their offensive end.
The Cavaliers' ability to cover
In this matchup, Cleveland is the more efficient offensive team. This is due to Grizzlies underperforming on field goals and three-point shots compared to league averages. Furthermore, the Grizzlies have the worst free throw accuracy in the entire league, making fewer than 72% of their free throw attempts compared to other teams in the league. Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell are both excellent guards for the Cavs, with Mitchell selected as a starter in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game. In addition to averaging 21.8 points and 8.1 assists per game, Garland averages 27.6 points per game on 61.7% true shooting and is averaging 61.7% true shooting.
A Cleveland Cavaliers' average point per possession was over 1.14 points on average on Wednesday night, which is much higher than the league average of 1.09 points per possession, and the Cavaliers are in the top 10 of the league because of their field goal percentage (48.4%) and two-point percentage (55.5%). Therefore, Cleveland, as a result of this, commits 13.9% turnovers per game, thus enabling them to make the most of the possessions they have at their disposal and thus allowing them to be more effective and productive.
What to pick when Cavaliers vs. Grizzlies
The SportsLine model goes Over the total, projecting a combined score of 227 points. The model also indicates that the spreads are often hit by one side well over 50% of the time. Spread betting is a popular form of sports betting, where bettors wager on the point differential between two teams.
Memphis is in a terrible situation ahead of the match: the club has won just one of its last six matches. However, everything is stable in the standings: the Grizzlies continue to be in second place in the Western Conference. Memphis has also not pleased its fans with a guest victory for a long time: the last five games played at opponents' venues ended in losses.
As of late, Cleveland has been playing in an unstable manner: the team alternates wins and losses. Because of this not-very-successful stretch, the Cavaliers dropped to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. While making predictions for Cleveland, it is important to consider the fact that the Cavaliers rarely lose on their home court: the team has only lost six games out of 27.
Grizz-Cavs scuffle suspends Brooks, fines Mitchell
The report said.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks has received a one-game suspension without pay by the NBA, and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell has been fined $20,000 for their role in a Thursday night incident.
The league announced the punishments on Friday.
In the third quarter, Brooks struck Mitchell in the groin area after the Grizzlies guard had fallen to the floor. As a result, Mitchell threw the ball at Brooks and shoved him.
Both players were ejected in Cleveland's 128-113 win.
Mitchell accused Brooks of being dirty later on.
"That's just who he is," Mitchell said. "We've seen it a lot with him in this league. He and I have had our personal battles for years. That's not allowed in the game. This has been brewing for years. It certainly isn't new."
Brooks will serve his suspension when the Grizzlies play the Raptors on Sunday.
Initially, Mitchell was scheduled to speak with reporters in Cleveland's locker room. In order to talk with Brooks about the incident, the All-Star guard chose the team's larger interview room.
" Before answering questions, Mitchell said he was losing money.
"I'm not typically someone who gets ejected for stuff like that," Mitchell said. "But at the end of the day, I think my reaction was reacting to a cheap shot. If punishment doesn't come from that, he's just going to keep doing it.
"It's just dumb, to be honest with you and I'm going to appeal it because I don't think I should've gotten ejected for defending myself."
Before his ejection, Mitchell was having a rough night. He scored just six points on 2-of-1 shooting in 22 minutes while being guarded by Brooks. When Mitchell played for Utah, they regularly matched up.
"That was cool when we were just talking, but that right there, a line has to be drawn," Mitchell said. " The NBA needs to act on this. I'm not the only person who has experienced this, and there can be no place for it in this game."
"I took matters into my own hands. When you have a cheap shot like that, there was no need to do that."